Auction For Hitman Tag Hit Hard By eBay

Auction For Hitman Tag Hit Hard By eBay

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It's happened to all of us: You go to register a username at a website or similar service, only to discover that the moniker you want is already taken. Well, some capitalizing soul realized that he could make some quick cash selling his 'Hitman' Gamertag for Xbox Live, only to have his auction closed by eBay.

Student and former Xbox Live Beta tester Chris Graziano decided to sell his Gamertag in the hopes of making a big score, and it looks like his hopes were quite justified as he watched the bids rise at high as $500. But the auction was closed down by eBay, who, according to Cnet, claimed that it was because they didn't traffic in 'virtual items'.

Undeterred, Graziano set up a new auction, this time selling a memory card will all the profile details on it, reasoning that eBay couldn't object to a physical item being sold. Unfortunately for Graziano, there was another objection, this time from Microsoft, who claimed that transferring Xbox Live accounts violated their terms of service. Still captivated by the idea of hitting pay dirt, he turned to Craigslist, but that too was quickly shut down.

So it appears that Graziano is stuck with the Gamertag. Poor him, I guess.

Source: via Fidgit

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Haha, poor sod was just trying to make some money, I think Microsoft should lay off.

That's actually a really good idea.

Hey, thats a pretty cool gamertag, he should keep it. I mean its the only one on Live like it right?

But if he so desperatly wanted to, he should have the right to sell it.

Eh, whatever. You would think after the second time, it would have sunk in that no one would allow him to do this. Selling accounts is illegal in many MMOs so what makes him think it's anymore legal with a gamertag?

I know I shouldn't be surprised that people would be willing to shell out at least 500 bucks for that names, but I kind of am. I know it's cool to have, but I just can't fathom paying, especially that kind of money, just for a particular gamertag.

You know what this story tells me? For any given thing, there is somebody willing to both buy and sell it.

Case in point: I sold my dignity and ideals long ago. My job was the buyer.

Interesting idea, selling your online identity for money. I agree with the conclusion though, if Microsoft does not allow it, and they created the ability to have a gamertag, and they still directly fund the livelyhood of the Live community, they should be able to say whatever they want.

Remeber, you are not purchasing Xbox Live, you are Buying your way into the community.

lol. That's awesome. I would do that too.

MaxTheReaper:
That's actually a really good idea.

Took the words right out of my mouth. It sucks that this guy's being stopped from selling it though, that's a good way to make $500 just for being the first to choose that name.

I personally would like to pay a lot for whoever has the name TheHebrewHammer. I tried changing my gamertag to that, but apparently it and several variations of it are taken. Which frankly I'm surprised at that. I tried a lot of variations. I'm beginning to suspect Microsoft is just saying it's taken but really they want to keep us Jews down in a massive anti-semitic conspiracy. It's not the first time I've suspected such a conspiracy.

In fact, there aren't many places that I don't suspect of being part of a massive anti-semitic conspiracy. Even this site was not safe, particularly after the mysterious and unjustified closing of the "Why all the hate on Judaism?" thread.

But I don't want to turn this thread into such a discussion. Sorry. I'll stop now.

Maybe I should put all my Danny Oceans up for sale?

ElephantGuts:

MaxTheReaper:
That's actually a really good idea.

Took the words right out of my mouth. It sucks that this guy's being stopped from selling it though, that's a good way to make $500 just for being the first to choose that name.

I personally would like to pay a lot for whoever has the name TheHebrewHammer. I tried changing my gamertag to that, but apparently it and several variations of it are taken. Which frankly I'm surprised at that. I tried a lot of variations. I'm beginning to suspect Microsoft is just saying it's taken but really they want to keep us Jews down in a massive anti-semitic conspiracy. It's not the first time I've suspected such a conspiracy.

In fact, there aren't many places that I don't suspect of being part of a massive anti-semitic conspiracy. Even this site was not safe, particularly after the mysterious and unjustified closing of the "Why all the hate on Judaism?" thread.

But I don't want to turn this thread into such a discussion. Sorry. I'll stop now.

By george I think you're onto something!
Meet by 123 fakestreet asap. The password is 'The cube is down at noon', I will respond with 'Vaseline is indeed robust'.
Remember, mums the word.

If people can register and park domain names to later sell for cash, why not gamer tags? Some companies are a little TOO uptight in their "virtual property." It's not like Microshaft is losing money, its the same account, just with another person behind it.

new_age_reject:

By george I think you're onto something!
Meet by 123 fakestreet asap. The password is 'The cube is down at noon', I will respond with 'Vaseline is indeed robust'.
Remember, mums the word.

You think you're joking but you're not. They're coming after us. They're all after us. ALL OF THEM. You'll see. People made fun of me before too. They said no one was out to get us. And you know what happened?

The Holocaust. Never again.

ElephantGuts:

MaxTheReaper:
That's actually a really good idea.

Took the words right out of my mouth. It sucks that this guy's being stopped from selling it though, that's a good way to make $500 just for being the first to choose that name.

I personally would like to pay a lot for whoever has the name TheHebrewHammer. I tried changing my gamertag to that, but apparently it and several variations of it are taken. Which frankly I'm surprised at that. I tried a lot of variations. I'm beginning to suspect Microsoft is just saying it's taken but really they want to keep us Jews down in a massive anti-semitic conspiracy. It's not the first time I've suspected such a conspiracy.

In fact, there aren't many places that I don't suspect of being part of a massive anti-semitic conspiracy. Even this site was not safe, particularly after the mysterious and unjustified closing of the "Why all the hate on Judaism?" thread.

But I don't want to turn this thread into such a discussion. Sorry. I'll stop now.

FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, MONTRESSOR, GET AHOLD OF YOURSELF
Line your top hat with tin foil!

ElephantGuts:

new_age_reject:

By george I think you're onto something!
Meet by 123 fakestreet asap. The password is 'The cube is down at noon', I will respond with 'Vaseline is indeed robust'.
Remember, mums the word.

You think you're joking but you're not. They're coming after us. They're all after us. ALL OF THEM. You'll see. People made fun of me before too. They said no one was out to get us. And you know what happened?

The Holocaust. Never again.

I think that is the first time I've seen a Jewish person joke about the Holocaust.
If you are in fact Jewish.
ElephantGuts: Going the extra mile.

MaxTheReaper:

ElephantGuts:

MaxTheReaper:
That's actually a really good idea.

Took the words right out of my mouth. It sucks that this guy's being stopped from selling it though, that's a good way to make $500 just for being the first to choose that name.

I personally would like to pay a lot for whoever has the name TheHebrewHammer. I tried changing my gamertag to that, but apparently it and several variations of it are taken. Which frankly I'm surprised at that. I tried a lot of variations. I'm beginning to suspect Microsoft is just saying it's taken but really they want to keep us Jews down in a massive anti-semitic conspiracy. It's not the first time I've suspected such a conspiracy.

In fact, there aren't many places that I don't suspect of being part of a massive anti-semitic conspiracy. Even this site was not safe, particularly after the mysterious and unjustified closing of the "Why all the hate on Judaism?" thread.

But I don't want to turn this thread into such a discussion. Sorry. I'll stop now.

FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, MONTRESSOR, GET AHOLD OF YOURSELF
Line your top hat with tin foil!

ElephantGuts:

new_age_reject:

By george I think you're onto something!
Meet by 123 fakestreet asap. The password is 'The cube is down at noon', I will respond with 'Vaseline is indeed robust'.
Remember, mums the word.

You think you're joking but you're not. They're coming after us. They're all after us. ALL OF THEM. You'll see. People made fun of me before too. They said no one was out to get us. And you know what happened?

The Holocaust. Never again.

I think that is the first time I've seen a Jewish person joke about the Holocaust.
If you are in fact Jewish.
ElephantGuts: Going the extra mile.

Well yes I certainly am Jewish. And what do you mean you never heard a Jewish person joke about the Holocaust? You better not have heard anyone else joking about the Holocaust, or I'd have to kill them. So by that I'll assume you mean you've never heard any Holocaust jokes, in which case you're missing out. There are some pretty funny ones, though of course they're horrible (taste-wise) and only for Jews to say.

And for the record they are out to get us. Just look at Switzerland. I fucking hate the Swiss. And Mel Gibson. Him too.

ElephantGuts:

MaxTheReaper:

ElephantGuts:

MaxTheReaper:
That's actually a really good idea.

Took the words right out of my mouth. It sucks that this guy's being stopped from selling it though, that's a good way to make $500 just for being the first to choose that name.

I personally would like to pay a lot for whoever has the name TheHebrewHammer. I tried changing my gamertag to that, but apparently it and several variations of it are taken. Which frankly I'm surprised at that. I tried a lot of variations. I'm beginning to suspect Microsoft is just saying it's taken but really they want to keep us Jews down in a massive anti-semitic conspiracy. It's not the first time I've suspected such a conspiracy.

In fact, there aren't many places that I don't suspect of being part of a massive anti-semitic conspiracy. Even this site was not safe, particularly after the mysterious and unjustified closing of the "Why all the hate on Judaism?" thread.

But I don't want to turn this thread into such a discussion. Sorry. I'll stop now.

FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, MONTRESSOR, GET AHOLD OF YOURSELF
Line your top hat with tin foil!

ElephantGuts:

new_age_reject:

By george I think you're onto something!
Meet by 123 fakestreet asap. The password is 'The cube is down at noon', I will respond with 'Vaseline is indeed robust'.
Remember, mums the word.

You think you're joking but you're not. They're coming after us. They're all after us. ALL OF THEM. You'll see. People made fun of me before too. They said no one was out to get us. And you know what happened?

The Holocaust. Never again.

I think that is the first time I've seen a Jewish person joke about the Holocaust.
If you are in fact Jewish.
ElephantGuts: Going the extra mile.

Well yes I certainly am Jewish. And what do you mean you never heard a Jewish person joke about the Holocaust? You better not have heard anyone else joking about the Holocaust, or I'd have to kill them. So by that I'll assume you mean you've never heard any Holocaust jokes, in which case you're missing out. There are some pretty funny ones, though of course they're horrible (taste-wise) and only for Jews to say.

And for the record they are out to get us. Just look at Switzerland. I fucking hate the Swiss. And Mel Gibson. Him too.

Well, it's like me making dead baby jokes. I don't have a baby, but I still make them!
IT'S OKAY THOUGH BECAUSE I KNOW PEOPLE WITH BABIES
I always wondered if calling someone a "Jew" was offensive, instead of calling them "Jewish."
Also I've heard plenty of Holocaust jokes.
Some involved cookies.

MaxTheReaper:
Well, it's like me making dead baby jokes. I don't have a baby, but I still make them!
IT'S OKAY THOUGH BECAUSE I KNOW PEOPLE WITH BABIES
I always wondered if calling someone a "Jew" was offensive, instead of calling them "Jewish."
Also I've heard plenty of Holocaust jokes.
Some involved cookies.

Well first of all, no offense but it's not like a dead baby joke. If you're not a Jew, you don't tell the joke. Well, I guess it's okay if there are no Jews around to tell it for you, but still.

And again I don't want to turn this thread into a religious debate but the "A Jew" versus "Jewish" thing is really important and I want to...educate people, I guess about it. I hate when people call someone "A Jew" as an insult because it's implying that just being a Jew is a bad thing, which is even worse than calling someone a derogatory name for a Jew. It's like calling someone gay. So I try to combat it by being willing to call myself "A Jew" so people will realize it's not offensive unless you're anti-semitic and want it to be offensive, in which case I will kill you.

And I've never heard of a Holocaust joke involving cookies. Please PM it to me so I'll know it and you won't get banned.

Good idea, you poor sonovabitch. Also, i never have a problem with my username, barryween. Probably because berry is spelt "barry".

ElephantGuts:

MaxTheReaper:
Well, it's like me making dead baby jokes. I don't have a baby, but I still make them!
IT'S OKAY THOUGH BECAUSE I KNOW PEOPLE WITH BABIES
I always wondered if calling someone a "Jew" was offensive, instead of calling them "Jewish."
Also I've heard plenty of Holocaust jokes.
Some involved cookies.

Well first of all, no offense but it's not like a dead baby joke. If you're not a Jew, you don't tell the joke. Well, I guess it's okay if there are no Jews around to tell it for you, but still.

And again I don't want to turn this thread into a religious debate but the "A Jew" versus "Jewish" thing is really important and I want to...educate people, I guess about it. I hate when people call someone "A Jew" as an insult because it's implying that just being a Jew is a bad thing, which is even worse than calling someone a derogatory name for a Jew. It's like calling someone gay. So I try to combat it by being willing to call myself "A Jew" so people will realize it's not offensive unless you're anti-semitic and want it to be offensive, in which case I will kill you.

And I've never heard of a Holocaust joke involving cookies. Please PM it to me so I'll know it and you won't get banned.

I didn't mean calling a random person "a Jew," but whether it was insulting to call a Jewish person "A Jew." I didn't know if it was an insult.
And now I do.
And knowing is half the battle! And I will PM it to you once I'm awake and can remember it properly...it's been a while.

I rmeember people used to try and sell their COD4 accounts for the high accuracy rating, LIVE quickly shut that down

ellimist337:
I know I shouldn't be surprised that people would be willing to shell out at least 500 bucks for that names, but I kind of am. I know it's cool to have, but I just can't fathom paying, especially that kind of money, just for a particular gamertag.

'What's in a name? A rose by any other would smell as sweet.'

Put another way, agreed. MMO characters getting sold I think is a little different, paying for the time spent on leveling that character, still seems a bit silly.

Damn that was a good idea. Too bad it didn't work, that would have been a good way to make money.

OK, whoever has "Master Chief" could make a ton of money!

MaxTheReaper:
That's actually a really good idea.

i beg to differ, selling to the highest bidder means that someone who really doesn't appreciate the tag and only thinks "its fucking kool, kk?" is gonna get it instead of a lucky bastard who decided to name himself hitman (or anything else for that matter)because he really believes he is a hitman.

on second thought, its probably best that the highest bidder gets it.

i know hundreds of Hitman variations, this guy is to blame for every conceivable variation of hitman with sooo many X'es, numbers, and spaces........ and he WANTS to sell his tag?

If it were that easy to make a couple hundred bucks, would I still be trying to keep up in the gaming world with the little money I have?

No. No, I wouldn't.

I think it's a good thing they shut it down... In the long run anyways. It all seems like fun and games right now, with everyone thinking about how they will make a couple of hundred bucks some time, but that's not the reality. If it became popular then companies would take over, grabbing the newest names as quickly as possible and selling them. Defeating the purpose of being able to choose etc. Goes hand in hand with MMO account trading in my opinion.

Actually the legalese is this: You don't own your gamer tag(or screen names, email addresses, etc.) If you read the terms and conditions then you will realize that you are simply borrowing them from the parent company. If you tried to sell it, therefore, you would actually be trying to sell Microsoft's property.

level250geek:
You know what this story tells me? For any given thing, there is somebody willing to both buy and sell it.

Case in point: I sold my dignity and ideals long ago. My job was the buyer.

...You work for EA?

TsunamiWombat:

level250geek:
You know what this story tells me? For any given thing, there is somebody willing to both buy and sell it.

Case in point: I sold my dignity and ideals long ago. My job was the buyer.

...You work for EA?

Oh Snap! :P

[Edit] Sorry! this came up as a related thread to something else, i didnt check the date

 

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